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70.238 ~ 1918 ~ Lunar Thorn ~ Selenia lunularia
UK Status

Resident. Local

Montgomeryshire Status

A fairly uncommon and local species, but it has been recorded throughout the county.

Wingspan :  M & F, 39-44mm.

Confusion species

Purple Thorn.
Flight time (Montgomeryshire)


Open woodland and scrub.


Many species of broadleaved trees and shrubs.

Lifestage data

Overwinters as a pupa just under the soil. Larva late June-late August.
Montgomeryshire photos

Photo by MDH, 25th May 2009, Llanfyllin

Photo by DB, 30th May 2014, Middletown